“Fear” – Movie Review

Fear is at the very center of what the horror genre is all about.  Although to be fair, just because a film isn’t “scary” to a particular person doesn’t mean it’s a terrible movie (which is a debate for a different day).  But fear itself is at the core of what horror’s ultimate purpose is.  So many different horror movies have toyed with the idea … Continue reading “Fear” – Movie Review

“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” 10 Years Later – A Campy, Fun Horror/Action Thriller

Who else remembers that odd trend in the early 2010’s when studios were putting out gritty, action-oriented adaptations of classic fairy tales?  This trend included 2011’s Red Riding Hood, 2012’s Snow White and the Hunstman (and its 2016 sequel), 2013’s Jack the Giant Slayer, as well as Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (also from 2013). The result was a much darker take on some of … Continue reading “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” 10 Years Later – A Campy, Fun Horror/Action Thriller

Mayfair Witches: “Second Line” Review

Following a devastating cliffhanger for Rowan, this episode takes her deeper into the rabbit hole that is her family and the whole new world she’s discovering.  It gives the audience a chance to learn alongside Rowan, and shows us some disturbing glimpses into the universe she’s being thrust into… One Loss After Another After another 17th century flashback whose context isn’t quite known yet, “Second … Continue reading Mayfair Witches: “Second Line” Review

Mayfair Witches: “The Witching Hour” Review

Known primarily for her work in vampire lore and fiction, the late Anne Rice also delved into witchcraft via her Lives of the Mayfair Witches novel trilogy from the early 1990’s.  Her work had been the subject of film adaptations in the past with varying degrees of success and author frustration. And now, following the success of last year’s Interview with a Vampire Series, AMC+ … Continue reading Mayfair Witches: “The Witching Hour” Review

“Hocus Pocus 2” – A Soulless Sequel That Lacks the Charm of the Original (Review)

There are few family friendly Halloween films that have had the lasting power of 1993’s Hocus Pocus.  For those who primarily grew up in the 90s (like myself), it holds a special nostalgic place in our collective childhoods.  And even now as adults, it makes for a fun watch every Halloween season. So it was absolutely no surprise that in the age of sequels/requels/reboots, Disney … Continue reading “Hocus Pocus 2” – A Soulless Sequel That Lacks the Charm of the Original (Review)

“Hellbender” – Movie Review

Not to be confused with the absurd 2012 horror-comedy Hellbenders, Shudder’s latest original movie Hellbender is a family affair in every sense of the word.  Written, directed, shot, and starring the Adams family (no not Gomez and Morticia), this movie manages to be subtle and dramatic, but also incredibly creepy and surreal. Sheltered Existence After a legitimately badass opening scene taking place many years in … Continue reading “Hellbender” – Movie Review

“The Reckoning” – Movie Review

Hysteria surrounding witchcraft and persecution of women have sadly gone hand in hand for centuries.  The wretched 15th century publication, the “Malleus Maleficarum” was used as a justification to torment, torture, and abuse women who didn’t fall into their perceived place in society, all in the name of witchcraft. Shudder’s latest exclusive film The Reckoning deals with the wave of witch paranoia and persecution that … Continue reading “The Reckoning” – Movie Review

25 Magical Facts About “The Craft”

For many teenagers, high school can be an absolutely terrifying experience.  Between dealing with hormones, social pressure, trouble at home, and outright bullying from other students, who hasn’t wished for a boost of power during that time? Perhaps that’s why The Craft resonated so much with young audiences 25 years ago.  It was empowering and exciting to see four teenage girls use witchcraft to stand … Continue reading 25 Magical Facts About “The Craft”

“The Witches” (2020) – Movie Review

Following up a 90’s classic that scarred an entire generation is certainly no easy feat.  However, the beloved director of Back to the Future and Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis), along with 2 Oscar winners (Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer) and 1 Oscar nominee (Stanley Tucci) have the best chance of anyone. So how does 2020’s The Witches compare to its iconic original, and does it … Continue reading “The Witches” (2020) – Movie Review

“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”: Part 3 Review

The trailers (including a catchy music video) promised us that we’d see hell, and on that promise, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina more than delivers with its latest installment of episodes!  Much like Part 2 however, there’s a lot that really works, and unfortunately there’s some that really doesn’t.  So let’s take a closer look at Part 3 of the series about our beloved teenage … Continue reading “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”: Part 3 Review